Though Gladys Knight questioned the wisdom of singing on with Motown in the mid-'60s, their tenure transformed them into consistent hitmakers. One of the reasons was their association with writer/producer Norman Whitfield, whose grittier, funkier style proved to be a key to Motown's counterattack to the rawer soul sounds that emerged in the latter part of the decade. A tough, funky reworking of Shirley Ellis's "The Nitty Gritty" and the social-consicousness classic "Friendship Train" gave them a pair of Top 20 pop hits in 1969, and they anchor this sturdy collection of fine soul and R&B tracks.
Knight, Gladys & the Pips – Nitty Gritty – Used CD
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VG/VG. Drillhole cutout.
Gladys and her men bring that Atlanta warmth and grit to Michigan, the marriage pretty perfect, especially with the timing--Whitfield written all over this.
- Arranged By – Jerry Long (tracks: A1), Joe Tex (tracks: B1)
- Backing Vocals – Merald Knight, Jr.*, Edward Patten, William Guest
- Producer – Ashford & Simpson (tracks: A2, A3, B2), Harvey Fuqua (tracks: B1, B6), Ivy Jo Hunter (tracks: B5), Johnny Bristol (tracks: B1, B6), Norman Whitfield (tracks: A1, A4 to A6, B3, B4)